The Oriental Institute

Today in Chicago I convinced Felix, Brad and Elliot to come with me to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. I’d never been,...

Chicago Thanksgiving

Like the last couple of years, we skipped the official Thanksgiving dinner in St. Louis and drove up to Chicago to hang out with Brad...

In the Midnight Garden

This beautiful installation by Jennifer Angus was called In the Midnight Garden. It was at the Smithsonian. (!) Jennifer Angus 2

Pie Night

In the Kirkland family, we don’t have very many serious traditions. Sure, we do a lot of things related to the holidays, and we’re pretty consistent about it. But there’s...

Launch

After a ton of thinking about it and very little doing about it, I’ve relaunched this little version of a blog - started in 2008! - as a static site,...

Halloween 2017

This year for Halloween the kids chose Harry Potter-themed costumes. We’ve been reading thru the series this fall, and the third book was a...

Eclipse

I’ve had the August 21 total eclipse on my calendar for four years; I’ve never experienced one that I could remember, and definitely wasn’t...

Automatic stonecarving

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the plague

I moved to the midwest in 2014, and in 2015 a plague followed me.We bought a weird old house on a quiet street near the university, with a big...

cyoa

From @kottke: The newest editions of Choose Your Own Adventure books come with maps of the story structure that depicts all the branches, endings, and links of each story.As...